NAZANIN Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released from an Iranian prison and is on his way back to the UK.
Labor MP Tulip Siddiq announced on Twitter that the British-Iranian mother had been released from detention in Iran.
Who is Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe?
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a British-Iranian mother, project director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and a former BBC employee.
On 3 April 2016, she was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport and charged with plotting to overthrow the Iranian regime.
Nazanin was prevented from returning home to the UK after visiting family with daughter Gabriella, after which she was taken into custody and held in solitary confinement for several months.
According to her family, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards tried to lure Nazanin into admitting to training and recruiting spies – an allegation she denies.
The 43-year-old mother of one child was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016.
Then, in April 2021, she was sentenced to another year in prison and banned from traveling after being charged with propaganda.
Has Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe been released?
According to MP Siddiq, the British-Iranian detained received his passport on Tuesday, 15 March 2022.
Her lawyer said that both she and Anoosheh Ashouri, another British-Iranian detained, were en route to Tehran airport on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
And just before noon UK time, a source close to the family said the couple had boarded a plane to leave Iran.
Labor MP Siddiq tweeted: “Nazanin is at the airport in Tehran and on his way home.
“I entered politics to make a difference and right now I feel like I have. More details needed. #FreeNazanin”
Just a day earlier, the Labor MP for Hampstead and Kilburn hinted that Nazanin could be released soon, as she revealed via Twitter that: “Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has had his British passport returned” and that ” there is a British negotiating group in Tehran right now”.
Why was Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed?
Nazanin was found guilty of plotting to “gently overthrow” the Iranian government and was sentenced to five years behind bars in September 2016.
She was believed to be eligible for early release in late 2017 or early 2018 but has since been sent back to court and faces two new charges that could result in an additional 16 years in prison.
The 43-year-old man is accused of receiving money from organizations working to overthrow the Islamic Republic.
On August 23, 2018, she was released from prison for three days to visit her daughter – who was staying with an Iranian family.
Fears for her mental health grew, as reports suggested that Nazanin had “committed suicide” as she awaited a round of sentencing.
On 24 December 2018, Nazanin’s husband Richard Ratcliffe joined the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to consider her detention a “betrayal of justice”.
Then in April 2021 Nazanin was given another year long sentence and travel ban, leaving her under house arrest in Tehran and unable to return to her husband and daughter in London.
What happened to Nazanin’s husband and daughter?
Since his wife was arrested in 2016 for Richard Ratcliffe, there has been a fierce battle for her release.
In November 2021, he embarks on a 21-day trip hunger-strike outside the foreign agency protested for his wife’s release.
He ended his hunger strike after 21 days, “because their daughter needed two parents.”
And Ratcliffe is no stranger to opposing his wife’s release.
In March 2021, he and the couple’s six-year-old daughter Gabriella protested outside the Iranian embassy in Knightsbridge and he regularly meets with government ministers to demand his wife’s release. .
In March 2020, Nazanin was transferred from prison to house arrest with Ratcliffe being a vocal advocate for her release.
Gabriella, who was visiting family in Iran with her mother when she was arrested, moved back to London in 2019 to stay with her father.
Gabriella lived with her grandparents in Iran after her mother was detained, then she flew back to England at the age of 5 to start school and live with her father.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/1361515/nazanin-zaghari-ratcliffe-release-prison/ Has Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe been released? – US Sun